La Cieca

An old clip, but worth repeating: Gina Lollobrigida plays Lina Cavalieri plays Floria Tosca in La donna più bella del mondo. 

on September 20, 2009 at 11:53 PM

A video glimpse of the new Tosca, from the New York Times. The wig needs some major cleaning up.

on September 19, 2009 at 11:32 PM

Ya are 91 years old today!

on September 19, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Two days ago, Thurdsay, September 17, marked a new peak for On that day, you, the cher public, viewed the site a total of a whopping 18,323 times — the highest number of pageviews on a single day ever recorded! La Cieca suggests you all treat yourselves to Champagne, and your doyenne may just…

on September 19, 2009 at 12:36 AM

Following up on her rant in an earlier thread, La Cieca now proposes the debate continue on the perhaps not perfectly defined issue of “composer’s intentions.”  After the jump, discussion material. 

on September 18, 2009 at 11:08 PM

La Cieca thinks the following is among the most obnoxious puffery things ever written about an opera singer, and it’s surely the worst bit in the tongue bath the New York Times Magazine gives Danielle de Niese: 

on September 18, 2009 at 4:28 PM

In response to readers’ requests, here’s the 2009-2010 Met Sirius/XM broadcast schedule, in printable form.

on September 18, 2009 at 4:16 PM

Today La Cieca prepares to usher in the New Year in the way that has been traditional among her people for thousands of years…

on September 18, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Obviously, Danielle de Niese is all about the singing, or, anyway, all about the slamming bod, and then the singing. But she does talk from time to time, and when she talks, she sounds strangely familiar.

on September 17, 2009 at 3:25 PM


on September 17, 2009 at 12:45 PM

She’s been dubbed “The Beautiful Voice,” “America’s Soprano,” “Opera MILF,” “Ney-Ney,” and now “The People’s Diva.” If there’s anything Renée Fleming doesn’t need, it’s another, whaddyacallit, another sobriquet. And yet, La Cieca does not consider need when she’s feeling generous, so she has decided that it is time to create yet one more nickname for…

on September 17, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Presenting just for you, cher public, the complete Sirius/XM Metropolitan Opera broadcast schedule for 2009-1010. Performances on dates highlighted in bold will also be streamed via RealNetworks from the Met’s website. Season premieres are marked with (P). Obviously you are going to want to chat about some of these broadcasts, so let La Cieca know in…

on September 17, 2009 at 11:07 AM

What, you ask, is “Kunst?” I’ll tell you what Kunst is. Kunst is appearing on the stage of the Paris Opéra at the age of 53 wearing ballet flats, mom jeans, a Wal-Mart top, and a wig from the Evelyn Lear “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” wash ‘n’ wear collection. That’s what Kunst is. (Waltraud…

on September 17, 2009 at 7:59 AM

Don’t ask La Cieca how she obtained these photos of the Met’s new Tosca production, because if she told you, she’d have to kill you. Suffice it to say that admirers of Karita Mattila will not be disappointed! 

on September 16, 2009 at 10:22 PM

“Italian opera has never been more popular. It has also never been in greater need of Italian voices. No matter how good the alternatives, a home-grown voice, properly schooled, transforms the sound of Verdi. It is not just the diction or timbre. It is the tradition . . . . Nicholas Hytner’s staging … remains…

on September 16, 2009 at 6:59 PM

Members of the cher public (pictured) will, La Cieca hopes, be happy to hear that the annual Opening Night Chat will transpire here at once more on September 21. Discussion of the Met’s Tosca and (more to the point) whether Margaret Juntwait will be able to corral Blythe Danner into another gabfest will begin…

on September 16, 2009 at 4:29 PM

Just texted to La Cieca: Am at Philharmonic dress. Her Messiaen was luminous. Far the best thing I’ve heard her do. Which is excellent, brava, you go on like this. But, La Cieca being La Cieca, you know she is going to harp on this little gem: Known as “the people’s diva,” she continues to…

on September 16, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Here’s an entertaining essay in which the author acts as a sort of Netflix queue algorithm for pop music fan who think they might want to dabble in the hard stuff. [Time Out New York]

on September 15, 2009 at 11:29 PM

A hint of what George Gagnidze‘s Scarpia may sound like. Tre sbirri…

on September 15, 2009 at 7:17 PM

Looks like dear Liz Smith was prescient: yes, there is now a Sarah Palin opera! [Boston Herald]

on September 15, 2009 at 3:28 PM

As your doyenne hinted previously, the Met just has announced that bass-baritone Juha Uusitalo “has withdrawn due to illness” from the opening night production of Tosca on September 21.  George Gagnidze will perform the role of Scarpia on opening night and in further performances through October 14. Those of you who can’t be in the…

on September 15, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Yes, it does indeed appear that bass-baritone’s Met career has reached its finish. Could his replacement be that superstar who previously… uh, changed his mind on the deal? [That last part obviously no longer applies – LC.]

on September 15, 2009 at 10:13 AM

La Cieca has been warned to expect a shoe to drop (or should she say “shoes?) at the Met later today.

on September 15, 2009 at 8:14 AM

Wow, but he does this well! [kml_flashembed movie=”” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]

on September 14, 2009 at 9:32 PM
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